Targeted Infusion Project

Targeted Infusion Project: Developing the Geospatial Data Analytics Certificate Program at Fayetteville State University

Funded by the National Science Foundation

About the project
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. The Geospatial Data Analytics (GEODATA) Certificate at Fayetteville State University (FSU) will expose students to new career opportunities, since geospatial technologies have recently experienced robust job growth and is rapidly gaining momentum in the industry, with wide ranging applications. The traditional and online courses will serve a broad range of students, including underrepresented minorities and non-traditional students who attend FSU.

Our GEODATA Certificate program will educate undergraduate students in computational and data-enabled science in the context of geospatial applications. The interdisciplinary computing classes of the program are expected to aid in recruitment and retention and provide benefits for students seeking new career opportunities in STEM. This GEODATA program will help motivate students in the study of computing, prepare them for the modern-day job market, and develop their core knowledge and skills. We have developed and redesigned courses in the pursuit of implementing our certification program. In the process, we developed fully online courses that match the existing courses.

Students in GEODATA projects:

    • Joshua Hilbish
    • Elise Olivolo
    • Germaine Gregory
    • Raymond Kimble
    • Frank Penhallegon
    • Elijah Bryant
    • Telvin Vann
    • David Abdo
    • Patel Kandarpkumar
    • Nishan Dhakal
    • Christina Rodriguez

Examples of students displaying their work at recent symposia


Catherine Spooner, Keysharra West and Jordan Hupp (from left to right)


Germaine Gregory, Elise Olivolo and Raymond Kimble (from left to right)